The deadliest times to be on the road in Connecticut

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An undated file photo of car crash at Stop & Shop in Ansonia.

Here’s a tip: Stay off I-95 on Friday afternoons. And when Jan. 31 falls on a Friday, just stay home.

Of all the days of the week, Fridays are particularly crash-prone, with 17 percent of total crashes on that day in the last four years, according to data from UConn’s Crash Data Repository.

And on Fridays, the evening rush-hour is the most dangerous time. Almost 27 percent of total crashes on Friday occur between 3 and 5 p.m.

Looking at just fatal crashes, the most dangerous time to be on the road is is 2 a.m. on Saturday. Nearly 20 percent of all fatal crashes happen on Saturdays, and more than 41 percent of those occur at 2 a.m.

So far this year, 25 percent of all fatal crashes happened in March.

There were 24,455 crashes on the highway in Connecticut, fatal and otherwise, between January 1, 2015 and May 30, 2019, the last date for which data is available.

Of all car crashes in Connecticut, most happen on I-95.

Right behind that is I-84, where there were 20,205 crashes in the same time period. The third likeliest roadway on which to crash is Route 1 — specifically between New Haven and the New York border — where there were 19,126.

Route 15 follows closely behind with 19,097 crashes between 2015 and 2019. I-91 rounds out the top five roads for crashes with 14,688 crashes.

UConn’s database also breaks down the number of crashes by day, date and time. While no single month is particularly worse than any other, there do tend to be more crashes in winter months.

That being said, Jan. 31 is the worst single day for car crashes within the last four years. There were, since 2015, 2,265 crashes statewide on that date.

Feb. 5 is also noticeably bad, crash-wise, with 2,252 crashes. An outlier is April 4, when there were 2,086 crashgs between 2015 and the first five months of 2019.